The drama around the Alexis Sanchez - Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the January transfer window this time around. Arsenal broke their transfer record for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Manchester City did the same with Aymeric Laporte. But the biggest deal came from Liverpool, with Virgil Van Dijk becoming the most expensive defender of all time at £75 million. This is just the from the ‘big six’ though.
Premier League clubs spent a record £430 million in the January transfer window as top sides scrambled to boost their squads in the race to secure lucrative Champions League spots, according to analysis by Deloitte.
The sum spent was nearly double the previous record of £225 million, with deadline day alone, January 31, seeing clubs complete deals totalling £150 million, also a new record for the winter window. Deloitte’s Sports Business Group estimates spending by Premier League clubs in the 2017-’18 season to be a record £1.9 billion, eclipsing last season’s record of £1.4 billion.
Watch the craziest numbers from the record-breaking transfer window below: